Move over, Don Draper and Walter White – AMC’s about to move some new bad guys onto the block in the form of a Goodfellas television series.
Deadline reports that the cable network – who’s home to the wildly popular Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead – has expressed serious interest in crafting a weekly series built around Martin Scorsese’s 1990 mob classic. The film, which was based on Mitch Pileggi’s nonfiction book Wiseguy, followed the exploits of Lucchese crime family associate-turned-informant Henry Hill. Ray Liotta played Hill in the theatrical version, working alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Pesci won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in the film.
Talks of converting the feature into a television series first popped up in 2010, but it now appears to be picking up steam as we move into the new year.
Pileggi and TV scribe Jorge Zamacona will handle the writing duties for the series. The duo will also executive produce, along with Irwin Winkler and his son David, for Warner Horizon Television – a subsidiary of Warner Bros., who produced the original film.
Things are still in the early stages of development, so it’s too soon to even guess who might play what roles on the show when it eventually gets to the shooting phase. That being said, Goodfellas as a series would seem right at home on AMC – particularly since it could conceivably fill the void left after Breaking Bad wraps up after its fifth season.
Would you tune in for a Goodfellas series? Could it be AMC’s answer to The Sopranos? And is there enough fresh material here to keep folks tuning in each week? Only time will tell.